BEST OF LAST NIGHT: LeBron James’ toughness
It wasn’t Game 5 of the NBA Finals. It wasn’t even a game against a division rival. It was just an otherwise forgettable game in November against the Phoenix Suns and the sixth game of a six-game road trip to boot. Who’s going to remember LeBron’s “flu game” a month from now? LeBron had every reason to sit this one out—he couldn’t hold food down on Friday and only had Gatorade on Saturday—yet still he played, and played well. James finished with 21 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and a turnover in 41 minutes. He was the game’s leader in minutes played.
WORST OF THE NIGHT: Suns’ bigs
Luis Scola and Marcin Gortat combined for seven points and seven rebounds.
NIGHTLY NUMBER: 81.8
Chris Bosh’s field-goal percentage. Bosh was 9 of 11 from the field and led the Heat with 24 points. He also had nine rebounds, three assists, a steal and two blocked shots. With Dwyane Wade either sick or injured for most of the road trip, Bosh provided a steady presence inside and averaged 20.5 points during the six-game road trip. The Heat went 4-2 on the trip and, not coincidentally, won when Bosh score at least 20 points and lost when he did not.
The Heat finished 4-2 on its road trip, a success considering the injuries and illnesses the Heat has had to deal with over the last week. Dwyane Wade missed his second consecutive game on Saturday. The Heat is 17-3 in games without Wade in the lineup over the past two seasons. Wade is expected to return to action on Wednesday when the Heat plays the Bucks.
—Udonis Haslem needs one rebound to tie Alonzo Mourning for the Heat’s all-time rebounding record (4,807).
—Ray Allen did not attempt a three-point shot. It’s only happened nine times in his career (1,159 games).
—Bosh has scored at least 20 points in five games this season. He has led the Heat in scoring four times in 11 games. Bosh has led the Heat in scoring 20 times.
—Bosh’s next double-figure scoring game will be the 600th of his career.
—Mike Miller needs one steal for 500.
—Shane Battier was 4 of 8 from three-point range for 12 points. Saturday marked the first time he has scored in double figures in consecutive regular-season games for the Heat.
—Battier’s 10 three-pointers tied his high with the Heat during a two-game span during the regular season.
—A victory on Wednesday against the Bucks would tie the franchise record for best start to a season. The Heat is 8-3.